Inside the NOC
The NOC is administered by an 8-man Executive Committee of elected officers (volunteers), comprising the President, First, Second and Third Vice Presidents, the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer. The Executive Officers are elected every four years at an Annual Congress.
The NOC is further governed by an Executive Board that includes members of the Executive Committee, the IOC Member in Nigeria and Presidents of 25 National Federations whose sports are included in the Olympic programme.
The NOC Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General who oversees day-to-day administration with the support of departmental Managers, Project Officers and other personnel.
Role of the NOC
The Nigeria Olympic Committee, like all other National Olympic Committees of the world operates under the direction of the Olympic Charter and its constitution, approved by the IOC. Statutorily, the mission and role of the NOC can be summarized as follows:
- To develop and project the Olympic Movement in Nigeria in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
- To maintain affiliation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and other international organizations, such as the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA), having jurisdiction over sports in which Nigeria teams may participate from time to time, and to particularly uphold and propagate the Olympic Movement, the Commonwealth Sports Movement and the spirit of the African Games in accordance with IOC Charter, CGF Rules, Constitution of ANOCA and SCSA.
- To present Nigeria teams for participation in all international, continental and sub-regional multi-sports Games such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the All Africa Games and Afro-Asian Games and Zonal games. This is a key responsibility that requires full collaboration of the NOC and the National Sports Commission.
- To encourage the development of high performance sport as well as sport for all and to assist in the training of sports administrators.
- To commit itself to taking action against any form of discrimination especially on the grounds of tribe, race, colour, gender, religion or politics and to discourage violence in sports.
- To fight against the use of substances and procedures prohibited by the IOC and the International Sports Federations (IFs).
- The NOC shall co-operate with the appointed agencies of the Federal, State and Local Governments and other Non-Governmental Organizations established for the promotion of Sports in Nigeria. But the NOC shall preserve its autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind including those of political, religious or economic nature that may prevent the NOC from complying with its Constitution and the Charter of the IOC and other sporting bodies affiliated to it.
- To ensure, through the National Sports Federations in Nigeria the representation of Nigeria by the best available athletes/competitors in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games and other International Games, and to ensure due consideration of Nigeria’s opinions in the regulation and conduct of such Games.
- To formulate proposals to the IOC, CGF, ANOCA and SCSA concerning the Charter/Constitution including the organization and the holding of the Games; and give them opinion concerning the candidature for the organization of such Games.
- To collaborate in the preparation of the Olympic Congresses and participate where requested by the IOC in the activities of the IOC Commissions, and those of the organization.
- To propagate the fundamental principles of Olympism at national level within the framework of sports activity and otherwise contribute, among other things, to the diffusion of Olympism in the teaching programmes of physical education and sport in schools and university establishments.
The rights and duties of the NOC also include participating in the programme of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, the aims of which include:
- Supporting National Sport Federations, through periodical training of Coaches both locally and internationally and offering scholarships to Nigeria athletes under the auspices of the Olympic Solidarity. Also, providing sports equipment support to Sport Federations and direct cash subsidies in preparation for continental and global multi-sport games.
- Working closely with the National Sports Commission in specific sports development programmes for the benefit of Nigeria athletes and sports administrators.
- Developing the technical knowledge of athletes, coaches and sports administrators through courses, seminars and workshops
- Creating, where needed, single, functional and economical sports facilities in co-operation with government and non-governmental bodies.
- Supporting the organization of competitions at national, regional and continental levels.
- Encouraging bilateral or international sports co-operation programmes in Nigeria.
- Urging government and international organizations to include sport in their official development assistance programmes.
- To seek finance in such manner as to enable the NOC to maintain its autonomy in all respects.
- The NOC shall protect all rights to the Symbol, the Flag, the Motto and the Anthem belonging to the IOC, CGF, ANOCA and SCSA. It shall take steps to prohibit any use of these symbols, motto, flags or anthems when such is contrary to the Constitution and the Charter of these bodies.
The NOC in collaboration with the IOC, CGF, ANOCA and SCSA may use their symbols on postage stamps issued in liaison with them and the competent Nigeria Authority.